Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

from the cutting-off-your-nose dept

One purpose for which micropayment solution Flattr (which we use here on Techdirt) has certainly caught on is providing a way for people to support podcasts. Apparently, simple integration allowing people to designate some money for podcasters has just "felt right" for lots of users who do exactly that. And some podcasting/podcatching apps have tried to accommodate this. Instacast, a popular app for downloading and listening to podcasts on the iOS platform, integrated Flattr back in February, but in early May the arbitrary gatekeepers at Apple rejected the app because the Flattr integration went against Apple's demands that all in-app payments go through its own system. Vemedio (the makers of Instacast) along with the folks at Flattr appealed to Apple that this was ridiculous... but Apple issued a final decision rejecting the app. In response, Vemedio is very reluctantly removing Flattr from its app, meaning podcasters just lost a good way of making money, all because Apple can't control it. More evidence of Apple becoming a rather evil gatekeeper, rather than an enabler of new and interesting ideas.

Filed Under: apps, gatekeeper, instacast, micropayments, podcasting, podcatching, walled garden
Companies: apple, flattr, vemedio

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    JarHead, 1 Jun 2012 @ 6:27am

    Re: Re:

    I don't think the "Linuxtards" is that "egocentric" not making "mainstream" distros. IMHO the Linux, or FOSS in general, dev and release model made it hard for anyone to build a mainstream distros easily installable like windows does (dunno about MacOSX, avoid it like a plague).

    Try out distros with rolling release model, like Arch or Gentoo. They expose the complexities of building a Linux system. After that, imagine what has to be done to make a "mainstream" distro.

    Ubuntu, Mint, or AFAIK most Linux distros try to mitigate the problem with snapshot release model, where all related software versions are frozen and packed for the end user to install. This made installing them easier. But to keep up with the speed of FOSS dev, many snapshots are required, hence the fast moving version of those distros. Ubuntu, for example, release new version every 6 months. Problem is, there are no guarantee that the next version is compatible with the current one, so to upgrade safely we have to do full re-install. Of course there are ways to avoid full re-install when upgrading, but that's mainly for intermediate to advanced users.

    So what's that solution differ from say installing a version of Windows? Well, there are long period of time between windows version. With the new policy, M$ said every 3yrs, with at least 5yrs support per version. Compare that to Ubuntu which is 6 months with 1 yrs support per version.

    But again, there are people who like to do complete OS re-install every other week.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.